Lots has been going on since last I posted. So much that I haven’t had time to post about it!
First of all, I need to mention that I’m doing another giveaway, over at Romancing the Book. Click here to read the interview, and enter to win one of three Amazon gift cards ($10, $5 and $5). They also posted a great review of DEBRIEFING THE DEAD – read it here.
Speaking of reviews I got some AWESOME news last week. DEBRIEFING THE DEAD got a 5-star review from InD’tale Magazine, and their Crowned Heart for Excellence! This means it’s eligible for entry into the RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards next year – SQUEE! (NOTE: As of this posting, they currently have my last name misspelled. The link above works, but if you go to their website directly, or open the magazine PDF, and search on my name, you won’t find me. You have to search by book title, until they get it fixed. 😦 )
And last but certainly not least, my amazing cover by the talented Rae Monet has been winning/placing in cover contests all over the web. First, it WON the June Moonlight and Mystery Cover Art contest!!! More info about the contest, and info on future entries, can be found here.
And second (literally! :)), it placed second in Affaire de Coeur Magazine‘s Uniquely Yours Cover Category! Our category got almost 4x as many votes as the other categories, and not only was it a close race, but the third place book was ALSO a Rae Monet design! So that tells you how great a designer she is!!!
Whew! What a couple of months this has been! I hope Summer is treating you all well. It’s been pretty damn good for me so far!! 🙂
Sorry I’ve been radio silent over the last couple of weeks. So much has been going on, I haven’t had time to post about it! (Speaking of which, have you checked out the events list in the right sidebar? I’ve got all my upcoming events in there, if you’re wondering what I’m up to, including…)
…that today, N.N. Light’s Book Heaven is featuring me as the Author Spotlight! I’m talking about ghosts, and would love to hear if you’ve met one. So hop on over and leave me a comment!
Also, USA Today Bestselling Author and Writer Friend Extraordinaire Lenora Bell is giving away a FREE copy of DEBRIEFING THE DEAD on her Facebook page. She’s posted one of my favorite short excerpts from the book, so stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win. (Already have a copy? Enter to win and gift it to someone else — I’m not picky! ;)) Giveaway runs until this Thursday May 24.
Then there’s my signing coming up at Jan’s Paperbacks in Beaverton, Oregon. And more giveaways/blog tours/release month madness in the works! Really — I can’t keep up with it all. I certainly don’t expect you to!!
Hope you’re all having as wonderful a month as I am!
DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is out TODAY, and to celebrate, I’m giving away TWO free copies, plus other goodies. Squee!!!! Hop on over to my Facebook page for deets/to enter:
And I’m interviewed on Tena Stetler’s Author’s Secrets blog:
Happy Book Birthday to me!!!
That’s FOUR ticks, followed by FOUR dots, because there’s FOUR days until DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is officially released! I’m gearing up for a number of celebratory events, including:
- Blog tour at Author Secrets – Monday May 7 (RELEASE DAY!)
- Facebook Giveaway #6 – DEBRIEFING THE DEAD – TWO winners, one ebook, one print + other random goodies! Also on Monday May 7 (RELEASE DAY – ARE YOU SENSING A THEME HERE???)
- Blog tour at M.S. Spencer – Tale Spinner – Tuesday May 29
- Signing at Jan’s Paperbacks in Beaverton, OR – Saturday June 2
Check back here, or on Facebook for deets/how to enter!
Also time for another giveaway! Contest will run until Wednesday April 11 at 8:59 PM PDT, and this time it’s for a print copy of LIFE AFTER DEATH by Sharan Saracino. Details here, and full giveaway schedule here. Cheers!
…May 7, 2018!
Yes — you read that right. MAY. SEVENTH. Remember when I thought I had LOTS of time to prepare for this exciting day?? Yeah, it’s in… (*checks countdown on own website*) …THIRTY-SEVEN DAYS. Squee!! I’m already up for pre-order on Amazon – squee again!!!
To celebrate, I’ll be hosting weekly giveaways on my Facebook page, so be sure to head on over and “Like” the page/follow me, so you don’t miss the fun. Also be sure to sign up for the VOML (Very Occasional Mailing List) — just by being an “existing” subscriber, you’ll automatically get TWO entries into each giveaway contest!
I have to get back to reading the final-Final-FINAL draft, one LAST time (eek!!) to make sure it’s perfect. But to tide you over until it’s out, would you like to read the excerpt?? I can do that!
Here it is. 🙂
It’s officially-official — approved this morning and complete with back cover copy (click to open larger view):
The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi, to his father’s family in the brutal Sicilian Mob. Then Archangel Michael offers her a deal: recapture a powerful rock the Demons stole, and she can live long enough to find Geordi a safe home. Refuse, and she’ll continue up (or down) to the Afterlife. So, slightly more alive than dead, she heads for Turkey and the Demons, taking Geordi, her mysterious neighbor Jason, and a sexy dead guy only she can see with her. But the hardest part won’t be battling Demons, meeting Satan, or dodging Middle Eastern customs—it will be later, when Geordi is settled, and Michael rips her away again. How can she abandon her nephew? Or can she outwit the angel of death himself, and stay with Geordi forever?
What do you think? Personally, I LOVE IT. But I may be slightly biased. ;?)
No, this isn’t our house. But it’s the house I would aspire to if I had endless time for things like decorating. Hey I feel good that I got everything dusted. Once. Two and a half weeks ago:
But today is the last day of school before break, so I finally feel like I might have time for something beyond school/work, and exercising. Like more decorating (what can I say I have “eclectic” tastes):
Or family traditions, like the Tuba Christmas:
And even some writing or rather, getting organized for book promo (90%) and maybe writing new words (10%). In that vein, I have updates:
I have a book cover!!! Squee!!!!
(Not quite official yet, but on it’s way to being approved I’ll share it as soon as I possibly can. OBVIOUSLY. ;?) )
Also, I have a tagline. This may not seem important to 99% of you, but in da Book World, is very Important:
Hyacinth Finch has one foot in the grave,
the other kicking ass.
What do you think? Does this make you want to read the book? :?)
Whether it does or not, I hope your Holy days (whatever they comprise) are peaceful, rejuvenating, and, well, holy. If I don’t “see” you here before then, have a beautiful New Year!